Why is my Yemen chameleon not eating?

Chameleons will shed their skin often, more when they are young and less as they grow, and will often have a decreased appetite around this time. This is a normal part of the skin shedding process, and you should not be worried if your chameleon doesn’t eat for a few days leading up to shedding its skin.

Is it normal for a chameleon to not eat anything?

This is normal, sometimes the chameleon just does not feel its best or something happened that temporarily causes it to refuse to eat. You should not worry about this. A chameleon can easily handle two or three days of not eating anything without harmful effects. Just be sure that it does drink.

Why does my Chameleon refuse to eat crickets?

Some reasons why a chameleon will refuse to eat. These causes are harmless: Upcoming skin shedding. For adult females: upcoming egg laying. The chameleon is fed-up with eating one feeder insect but will accept others (e.g. too much crickets, but it will readily eat a caterpillar)

When to take a chameleon to the vet?

A good rule of thumb is if you suspect a minor issue as to why your chameleon hasn’t eaten and it’s been 7 to 10 days since they last ate then you need to take them to the vet. Chameleons can go without food this long OK but any longer than that, regardless of the suspected cause, I recommend a vet visit.

What to do if a chameleon opens its mouth?

Mouth – When a chameleon opens their mouth check for any signs of yellow pus, increased saliva or any possible wounds on the mouth or tongue swelling. If you see any of these I recommend a vet visit.

What kind of insects can a Yemen Chameleon eat?

The bulk of their diet would be small and easy to digest insects. For this species we would recommend brown crickets. They are very nutritious, fairly easy for the chameleon to hunt, widely available and great value for money. If your chameleon will not take them, black crickets and locust are also a brilliant alternative.

Why is my Chameleon not eating any food?

Most of the time chameleons stop eating due to minor issues, especially boredom with the same food, and they’re just on strike to pressure you into providing more variety! If you suspect any deeper issues or you’re just worried anyway then take them to a vet.

What should the variance be on a Yemen Chameleon?

A 5 o f variance on the basking spot is nothing to worry about as long as your cool side is still cool. A simple dial thermometer on each side should be sufficient but digital probe thermometers are much more accurate.

What kind of food do chameleons eat in the wild?

In the wild the chameleons can eat vegetation but they normally only do this for hydration. The bulk of their diet would be small and easy to digest insects. For this species we would recommend brown crickets.